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Written by Michael LeBlanc   

10679-1While in Normandy, Eric flew over the landing beaches and was able to study the marks and colours as seen from the air. His friendships with the photo interpreters in the Reconnaissance Squadron enabled him to acquire photographs of the area for reference. The result of this research, executed much later in his studio in London, is “Invasion Pattern, Normandy” Eric’s finest picture of his war years and one of the best known of Canada’s war art collection.

Eric attached a comment to the painting: “Impression of the landing beaches at Greu-sur-mer, Normandy, and Mustang A/C with D-Day pattern. This pattern of 3 white and 2 black stripes was painted on all allied aircraft to avoid confusion. Below are ships and L.T.S. [sic] disgorging transport.”


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Single, associates are of a desirable type. He does not drink and he is not a radical type of person in any respect. Worth is estimated at $2000.00 income at about $30-3500.00 formerly. He paid his way satisfactorily and is not known to have been financially involved...

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